sin tax


: a tax on substances or activities considered sinful or harmful (such as tobacco, alcohol, or gambling)

Examples of sin tax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Separately, the Browns, who still have more than half of their $92 million sin tax allocation remaining, are likely to receive $3.4 million from the City of Cleveland for repairs, reported previously. Lucas Daprile, cleveland, 30 Aug. 2023 The county will pay about $138 million, using bed tax, sin tax and general fund dollars. Lucas Daprile, cleveland, 30 Aug. 2023 However, since the 1990s, the sin tax has struggled to keep pace with stadium upgrades, which often exceed their budget. Lucas Daprile, cleveland, 19 Aug. 2023 About 27% favored an extension of the sin tax to pay for improvements, while about 19% favored raising the tax, if it is needed to pay for construction. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 22 Nov. 2022 And the roughly $6.25 million collected in sin tax revenues thus far this year is already spoken for. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 4 Aug. 2020 Japanese officials, worried about shifting demographics and a sharp decline in sin tax revenue, have come up with an unusual fix to their fiscal woes: encouraging young people to drink more. Julia Mio Inuma, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2022 About $8 million of the total price tag comes from Cleveland’s share of a countywide tax on alcohol and cigarette sales, known as the sin tax. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 9 June 2022 Cuyahoga’s funding sources are even less certain, relying on annual revenues of $3 million from the bed tax, $2.5 million from the sin tax on alcohol and cigarettes, $2.5 million from the general fund, and about $300,000 from unspecified sources. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 14 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sin tax was in 1957

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“Sin tax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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